Afterschool services have been shut down across the state and working families are being denied childcare. Youth development and public safety are being harmed as a result.
Chicago, IL –-(ENEWSPF)--September 3, 2015. Sheriff Tom Dart, flanked by providers and youth, hosted a press conference this morning at the Cook County Jail where he called on leaders in Springfield to end cuts to afterschool opportunities and childcare assistance. The state has completely eliminated funding for the Teen Reach afterschool grant, childcare center providers are not being paid, and 90% of working families that apply are being denied access . . .